While the world at large continues to grapple with a raging pandemic, Americans of Asian descent and members of various AAPI communities across the country live in fear of violence as Anti-Asian hate crime surges. Fueled by the racist rhetoric of our nation’s previous administration and continuing to-date, Asian communities are subject to inhuman acts of racial violence leading up to the recent shooting in Atlanta.
Below are articles and podcasts that we’ve collected to strengthen our knowledge base as we stand in solidarity against Asian hate.
Knowledge is power
AAPI (Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders) is tracking reports of racism and discrimination against Asian Americans since March of last year and has since received at least 3,795 firsthand complaints.
A report released by the Center for the study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, this month examined hate crimes in 16 of America’s largest cities. It revealed that while such crimes in 2020 decreased overall by 7 percent, those targeting Asian people rose by nearly 150 percent. The founder and director of demographic data and policy research non-profit AAPI Data, Karthick Ramakrishnan, told NBC Asian America that he believes former President Donald Trump’s rhetoric did play a part in fostering hate.
“From 1882 on, Asian exclusion legislation severely limited the number of Asian immigrants who could enter the U.S. The immigration door from Asia to the U.S. was effectively shut following the passage of the Immigration Act of 1924.” - Asians and Asian Exclusion
Nicole Hong, a reporter covering New York law enforcement, courts, and criminal justice for The New York Times talk to The Daily on how difficult it is to reckon with the increasing violence against the Asian-American community and why the law enforcement is yet to catch up to the reality of this moment.
While words matter, they are only words without intentional action.
To start, we’ve gathered just a few of the limitless resources and lists available that help us understand our place in racist institutions, start having the tough conversations, and be better antiracist allies in every space in our lives.
Russell Jeung, professor of Asian American studies at San Francisco State University and co-founder of Stop AAPI Hate, notes that “The racism overall against Asian Americans is another form of white supremacy. As Asian Americans dismantle the racism directed toward us as outsiders, we’re partnering with African Americans in dismantling how they’re racialized and oppressed… In a lot of Asian American issues, we become the wedge group to divide and conquer people of color rather than focusing on our unity and trying to dismantle the overall system. We need to dismantle white supremacy together.”
Stop AAPI Hate coalition was launched in March 2020 to track and respond to hate, violence, discrimination, bias, erasure, and bullying against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States. The organization works as the leading aggregator of hate crimes committed against the Asian and Asian American community, provides rapid response services, supports community-based outreach programs, and advocates for local, state, and national policies to reinforce human rights and civil rights protections.
To know more about their efforts, visit - https://stopaapihate.org/about/
To donate, visit - https://donate.givedirect.org/?cid=14711
“Try to learn history and learn about Asian American histories and cultures, the migration patterns of immigrants and refugees, and why we have an Asian population in the U.S. to begin with,” said Alvina Wong of the Asian Pacific Environmental Network.
Asian Pacific Environmental Network is an environmental justice organization with roots deeply entrenched in California’s Asian and refugee communities. Since 1993 they have relentlessly worked, fought, and won campaigns to ensure marginalized communities a safe place to survive and thrive. They strive to bring changes to economic and social institutions and promote every person’s right to a decent, safe, and affordable life through organized movement. APEN’s work focuses on Asian immigrants and refugee communities.
To know more about their work, visit - http://apen4ej.org/our-work/.
Several Mutual Aid efforts have sprung up to action across the country in the wake of Anti-Asian sentiment and Covid-19’s devastating impact on Asian communities.
“Mutual aid, at its core, is really a form of political participation. It necessitates everybody taking responsibility to care for one another. So you see a reciprocal exchange of resources and services,” said Senti Sojwal of New York’s Asian American Feminist Collective, which has launched its Black and Asian Feminist Solidarities project.
Many multiracial coalitions of grassroots groups and independent activists have organized mutual aid campaigns and community-led efforts to battle the rising Anti-Asian sentiments, support the Asian communities and shed light on systemic violence faced by the racial minorities. Researchers at the University of California are working with the Anti-Police Terror Project to better protect the residents of Oakland’s Chinatown and revive the Chinatown Ambassador Program.
To donate, visit - https://www.classy.org/give/326018/#!/donation/checkout
Over 300 volunteers joined Jacob Azevedo when he posted on social media his offer of chaperoning anyone in Oakland’s Chinatown to make them feel safe. Compassion in Oakland now has over 400 volunteers who are available to walk with and support the senior members of the Asian communities.
Hate is a virus started as a grassroots movement to combat racism and discrimination against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders triggered by COVID-19. It now has evolved into a full-grown organization that addresses xenophobia and hate in the AAPI and BIPOC communities.
National Council of Asian Pacific Americans serves to represent the interests of the greater Asian American (A.A.) and Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander (NHPI) communities through a coalition of 37 national Asian Pacific American organizations.
List of petitions to sign
For a historical overview on anti-Asian racism in America
Read this article about America’s long history of scapegoating its Asian citizens by National Geographic
Read the book “Chinese in America” by Iris Chang
Watch the PBS documentary “Asian Americans”
Join webinars and training hosted by Hollaback Bystander Intervention to protect yourself and support others by being an effective bystander.
Read up on the model minority myth, why it exists, and why it’s harmful to other marginalized communities.
Join organizations like Asian Leaders Alliance to support Asian Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) to combat racism in organizational structures.
Mental health resources for Asian Americans
“Awareness of racism and living in a scary, atmosphere causes one to be hypervigilant. It affects our prefrontal cortex, the amygdala. These are the areas of the brain that impact emotions. It can affect people’s concentration, attention, a sense of motivation even. You can feel more fatigue,” said Dr. Carolee Tran, clinical psychologist and instructor at UC Davis, while detailing her own experiences as an immigrant refugee and a survivor of hate in her book, “The Gift of Adversity.”
The corporate dialogue around mental health has always been somewhat biased towards mental “wellness,” with a significant lack of emphasis on more challenging experiences of intersection of mental health, equity, and historically underrepresented groups. Here are some helpful resources to consider
Asian Mental Health Collective is a non-profit organization committed to destigmatize and normalize mental health within the Asian community. Their Therapist Directory connects mental health providers based on your location.
Asian American Psychological Association (AAPA) focuses on using education, research, professional practice, and policy to advance the mental health and well-being of Asian communities. They also provide fact sheets on Asian mental health concerns, anti-bullying information, and Asian American LGBTQ resources.
The National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association (NAAPIMHA) is a resource provider for mental health services for Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, and Native Hawaiians. They have a list of state-level programs for the AAPI community’s mental health requirements.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) offers a section of their site with resources specifically for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Apart from educating communities on biases, language barriers, and stigma, they have seminars in Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese and links to culturally-sensitive support groups.
Asian American Health Initiative (AAHI) is a resource created by the Maryland Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services to improve the health and wellness of Asian Americans living in Montgomery County, Maryland. AAHI also offers valuable resources in Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, and Hindi languages.
National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) brings together lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgende (LGBT) Asian American, South Asian, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) organizations. They focus on strengthening local groups with leadership development, education, collaboration, and visibility to help racism and anti-LGBTQ bias.
Some Instagram accounts offer mental health resources and information for Asian communities: